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Quitting personal training... how to tell the trainer? - June 24th 2013, 12:08 AM

Ok, so after a screw up at my gym my trainer left the gym and I quit the gym. I was intending to follow her elsewhere but at this point i've changed my mind and decided to go another direction. I have my exercising under control and I sort of feel like personal training would be like paying to have a really expensive work out buddy. I love my trainer and I'd be happy to go out for runs with her for fun or something but i don't want to keep training any more.

However, for a few weeks I had told her i'd be coming back to train with her as soon as I could (before I changed my mind obviously). So now I don't know how to tell her otherwise as I don't want to hurt her feelings or burn any bridges. I mean, it doesn't help I am graduating next year so I REALLY need the money and I need to NOT be obligated to show up even more places (I am a busy person with several commitments outside of school).


How can i be sure that she'll understand that circumstances have just changed without affecting how she feels towards me (I'd like to keep it positive, not negative)? Suggestions?




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Re: Quitting personal training... how to tell the trainer? - June 24th 2013, 11:39 AM

It's all in the tone of voice.

Some members of my family are very easily offended, so I've learned that when I'm delivering not so good news to them, the best way to say it is to brighten up my voice and minimize the problem as much as possible, while at the same time being honest. It keeps feelings from being hurt, but at the same time puts my views on certain matters into perspective for them.

I'd say your trainer would probably appreciate this honest, gentle communication of your problem, too. What I would do is go to him/her in person (maybe one last training session), and explain to them that you were planning to come back, but you need money for college/whatever you're planning to do after college, and can't do as you wish. Explain to them how you need more time for working. Then, finally, to leave it on a good note, tell them you'd like to maintain the friendship that you've built, and that you'd love to run with them just for old times' sake every once in a while.

In other words, just be honest, but present it in the most optimistic and nice order that is possible.

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Re: Quitting personal training... how to tell the trainer? - June 24th 2013, 11:47 AM

Yep. Do it in person if you can, phone call if you can't. I'd just say that you can't afford PT sessions right now, but you'll keep Trainer in mind when your financial situation improves.

Plus, PTs are professionals, so they're used to losing and gaining clients at the drop of a hat.


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Re: Quitting personal training... how to tell the trainer? - June 24th 2013, 02:41 PM

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Plus, PTs are professionals, so they're used to losing and gaining clients at the drop of a hat.
This, no personal trainer would take it personally. And if they do they honestly need a change of career paths, lol


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